Professional Speaking

For over a decade, Clara Chorley has helped leadership teams resolve blind spots and communication glitches that slow down progress; and partnered with professionals to clarify what they want in their career, and take bold action towards that vision.

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Optimize Organizational Performance

Organizational Strategy
Leadership teams call me when they can’t get out of the day-to-day no matter how hard they try. They have trouble developing strategy because they don’t know if they’ve picked the right goals or if other issues—blind spots, dysfunctional communication dynamics, competing priorities and desires— are what’s getting in the way. Together we get your team performing as a cohesive unit, back in momentum towards the organization’s goals and vision.

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Mercedes Martin: Lead Development Consultant, Ernst and Young; USA

“Clara’s strengths are her ability to coach and build relationships across all levels; and create an open, safe environment for groups and individuals. Through her facilitation everyone feels valued, heard and appreciated. Her leadership and strengths in these critical organizational effectiveness areas help teams increase their efficiency and effectiveness.”

Mercedes Martin: Lead Development Consultant, Ernst and Young; USA

Nick Prior: Partner, Ernst & Young; USA

“Many consultants and advisors have great ideas but struggle to operationalize them in a practical setting. Clara’s approach is focused on understanding the strategic but focusing on the practical. Her excellent facilitation skills combined with a natural understanding of human interaction allowed her to identify impactful and executable steps that enabled a loose association of individuals to become a highly effective team.”

Nick Prior: Partner, Ernst & Young; USA

Josh Ruxin: Country Director, Millenium Village Project; Rwanda, Africa

“It’s not every day that a stunningly multi-talented manager walks through your office in Kigali, Rwanda. The ambitions of my project — a global program of poverty alleviation called the Millennium Villages Project — were not, at the time, matching up with the metrics and structure in place. Assuming that Clara would balk at the responsibilities offered, I gave her a fair and honest list of needs: from basic administrative policies to our first annual strategic plan to human resources management, liaising with clueless suits in New York and budgetary management. During her time with us, she managed to apply that acumen and successfully implement a raft of badly-needed upgrades to our systems.”

Josh Ruxin: Country Director, Millenium Village Project; Rwanda, Africa

Ruth Aguirre: Business Development Manager, Ketron Financial; USA.

 

 

 

“As a result of working with Clara we reached a much needed equity share resolution between two key partners, surfaced and resolved some important internal communication challenges so that our team got on the same page, and implemented a vital client management system ahead of schedule. Clara also helped us clarify and expedite a succession planning decision which saved the company time, resources and money. In addition, we identified business issues, and clarified key components of a comprehensive business plan that included a clear group vision and strategic benchmarks. This resulted in an increase in revenue and provided a foundation for our new successor.”

Ruth Aguirre: Business Development Manager, Ketron Financial; USA.

Caroline T. Cory: HR, California Pacific Medical Center-Research Institute; San Francisco, California, USA

“The training you did with us was invaluable. Last week was an amazing week for me. I used what I learned in your class with two people who came to me for coaching with great results.”

Caroline T. Cory: HR, California Pacific Medical Center-Research Institute; San Francisco, California, USA

Marco Chavez: Supervisor, California Pacific Medical Center; USA

“Clara’s thoughtful and engaging training was packed with professional & life skills from beginning to end. Within just a few hours we broke down barriers and walls, so that we could tap into our truth and intention – and work better together.”

Marco Chavez: Supervisor, California Pacific Medical Center; USA

Judicael Junior Akpossou, Van Duyse Entrepreneurial University, Benin, Africa

“We were brought from darkness into light when Clara taught us about fear and how to master it in our businesses. Thank you, Clara.”

Judicael Junior Akpossou, Van Duyse Entrepreneurial University, Benin, Africa

Cultivate High Impact Leaders

Coaching for Leaders
You want to live out a bigger dream, have more of an impact with your life. You know that you’re a high impact leader who’s capable of leaving a positive mark on the world. This calling, this sense of your own potential and power is a vital part of your identity. Perhaps you accessed it at one point in your life and then it got away from you. Or maybe you’ve always known it’s there but can’t quite seem to connect.once felt so obvious.

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Peter McManus: Sales Director, salesforce.com, England

“This has been the most productive coaching for as long as I can remember.”

Peter McManus: Sales Director, salesforce.com, England

Katie Weibert: Development Consultant, USA

“I haven’t felt this alive in 10 years.”

Katie Weibert: Development Consultant, USA

S. Scott: Organizational Development Project Manager, USA

 

 

 

“Thanks to my work with Clara, I’m heading to Australia on a 6-month professional opportunity doing work I absolutely love! I have learned to make better, truer decisions; and let go of behaviors (like pleasing others) that were getting in my way. I know ‘me’ much better now and have clarity about the steps to take. I am ready and excited!”

S. Scott: Organizational Development Project Manager, USA

Matt Walsh: Writer, journalist, strategist, hired gun; USA

“I was stuck in a downward spiral and had been searching for a full-time job for two years before I began working with Clara. I was burning through savings and it was, without question, the most stressful time in my life. With Clara on my side, I had two terrific job offers within four months, one of which I was thrilled to accept. She listened, reframed, inspired, opened doors, honed in on my strengths and helped me cut through the morass of self-doubt and disorganization that was sapping my energy. I strongly recommend Clara.”

Matt Walsh: Writer, journalist, strategist, hired gun; USA

Jennifer Kurrie: Manager, Government Affairs; USA

“Working with Clara, I quit the 70+ hour a week job I had and after years of burnout found a job that I love (and wasn’t sure was possible) with true work/life balance and fulfillment. There is an amazing amount of satisfaction in knowing what I want to do verses what I think I should do and this would not have been possible before meeting Clara.”

Jennifer Kurrie: Manager, Government Affairs; USA

Rose Chao: Engineer, USA

 

 

 

“In a distant past, I had been ready to conquer the world, yet that person had eroded away so gradually I didn’t notice. Working with Clara, I realized how much I had changed as a person and how some of it was detrimental, shaping my actions almost as if they weren’t quite my own. I now have newly rediscovered a self-confidence that has been missing for years!”

Rose Chao: Engineer, USA

Grady Carson: Common Core Teacher, USA

 

 

 

“As a single dad with two young boys, I felt like I was on a roller coaster at work. I was late a lot, having struggles with co-workers, procrastinating and worrying about what other people thought about me. I wanted a change – at work, and outside work. Since coaching with Clara, I’m on time, productive, more socially tuned in and collaborative. The day-to-day ups and downs are less steep, and I notice feelings I want to react to – but now I make more empowering, thoughtful choices. I’m finally feeling successful and happy where I am.”

Grady Carson: Common Core Teacher, USA

Fatima T: Program Manager, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

 

 

“Working with Clara was truly life changing.  In 5 short months I went from feeling stuck and overwhelmed to becoming empowered, gaining clarity on what I wanted and most importantly feeling that it was possible. I moved from the US to a new country! Clara is an exceptional coach, I highly recommend her to anyone looking to live their dream.”

Fatima T:  Program Manager, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Olga S.: Senior QA Specialist, Silicon Valley, USA

 

 

 

“Everything on the outside looked good: happy family, financial stability, well paying job, good health but something was bothering me. By working with Clara, I gained a lot of confidence and learned to control internal negative voices. I improved relationships with family members, friends and coworkers. I improved the negative relationships with some people in my life. Clara has a gift of reading between the lines. She was able to create this safe environment where I could just open up and get to places in my soul that I was keeping under a big lock. She was able to push me and support me at the same time. Working with Clara helped me significantly improve the quality of my life!”

Olga S.: Senior QA Specialist, Silicon Valley, USA

Dr. Brenda Wade: Psychologist, Producer, plus regular on Dr Oz, Oprah, NBC; USA

“Clara Chorley’s gift is her ability to listen and hear on multiple levels, and then respond with strategic action. She is skilled at helping others sort through internal doubts or confusion. Her international professional and life experiences have given Clara the ability to hold calm during any storm. Clara is a healing, energizing light on this planet and time with her can absolutely transform your life.”

Dr. Brenda Wade: Psychologist, Producer, plus regular on Dr Oz, Oprah, NBC; USA

Irene Fehr: Founder of Ignited Woman, USA

“Clara is caring, direct and incredibly effective at getting you to dig deep to the core of the issues, so that you experience these monumental “aha” moments – which change your life forever.”

 Irene Fehr: Founder of Ignited Woman, USA

Christian Simpson: Leading Coach for Entrepreneurs; England

“Clara is blessed with a natural propensity for helping others connect to the perfection within them. Her power to help others comes from the fact that she did it for herself first, the most difficult work of all, the work of a true leader. I’ve observed Clara grow in consciousness for what is now a quarter of a century, demonstrated by her outstanding success with people and business across the world in very diverse cultures. When it comes to matters of personal and organizational growth, you should be very diligent as to in whom you trust to help light your way. I can only offer you my heartfelt assurances that Clara is an inspired choice.”

Christian Simpson: Leading Coach for Entrepreneurs; England

Sundar Mudupalli: Director, Samsung; USA.

“Disappointed, in fear, doubting myself and making the wrong impression on hiring managers, I hired Clara as my coach. I could not see that in my self doubt, I had forgotten who I was but Clara sensed the issues that were blocking me and named them. We worked on strategies; she helped me remember and identify my strengths and then assisted me in approaching the process of job transition from a place of empowerment – and me being me again! I was hired within 4months.”

Sundar Mudupalli: Director, Samsung; USA.

Katherine Presser: CFO, Beach Energy Limited; Australia.

“Clara helped me stop and get this ginormous monkey off my back. I was wound up like a clock and didn’t know where to start or how to fix it. At home I was worrying about work, and at work I was worrying about home. As a result of working with Clara, I’ve made a dramatic, and much needed, change to my professional life, and I’m closer to my family than I’ve been in years.”

Kathryn Presser: CFO, Beach Energy Limited; Australia.

Support Downsized Workforce

Outplacement Services

You know you have to lay off some of your workforce and you know it’s going to cause disruption. An outplacement service can reduce that disruption significantly and the benefits to you make it worthwhile:

  1. Stay competitive in your industry – the way you handle the people you let go of influences your reputation, and you’re probably going to be re-hiring at some point!
  2. Maintain positive relationships with displaced workers – they’re the voice of your company and many of them have probably been loyal and hard workers, help them say good things about you

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Peter McManus: Sales Director, salesforce.com, England

“This has been the most productive coaching for as long as I can remember.”

Peter McManus: Sales Director, salesforce.com, England

Katie Weibert: Development Consultant, USA

“I haven’t felt this alive in 10 years.”

Katie Weibert: Development Consultant, USA

S. Scott: Organizational Development Project Manager, USA

 

 

 

“Thanks to my work with Clara, I’m heading to Australia on a 6-month professional opportunity doing work I absolutely love! I have learned to make better, truer decisions; and let go of behaviors (like pleasing others) that were getting in my way. I know ‘me’ much better now and have clarity about the steps to take. I am ready and excited!”

S. Scott: Organizational Development Project Manager, USA

Matt Walsh: Writer, journalist, strategist, hired gun; USA

“I was stuck in a downward spiral and had been searching for a full-time job for two years before I began working with Clara. I was burning through savings and it was, without question, the most stressful time in my life. With Clara on my side, I had two terrific job offers within four months, one of which I was thrilled to accept. She listened, reframed, inspired, opened doors, honed in on my strengths and helped me cut through the morass of self-doubt and disorganization that was sapping my energy. I strongly recommend Clara.”

Matt Walsh: Writer, journalist, strategist, hired gun; USA

Jennifer Kurrie: Manager, Government Affairs; USA

“Working with Clara, I quit the 70+ hour a week job I had and after years of burnout found a job that I love (and wasn’t sure was possible) with true work/life balance and fulfillment. There is an amazing amount of satisfaction in knowing what I want to do verses what I think I should do and this would not have been possible before meeting Clara.”

Jennifer Kurrie: Manager, Government Affairs; USA

Rose Chao: Engineer, USA

 

 

 

“In a distant past, I had been ready to conquer the world, yet that person had eroded away so gradually I didn’t notice. Working with Clara, I realized how much I had changed as a person and how some of it was detrimental, shaping my actions almost as if they weren’t quite my own. I now have newly rediscovered a self-confidence that has been missing for years!”

Rose Chao: Engineer, USA

Grady Carson: Common Core Teacher, USA

 

 

 

“As a single dad with two young boys, I felt like I was on a roller coaster at work. I was late a lot, having struggles with co-workers, procrastinating and worrying about what other people thought about me. I wanted a change – at work, and outside work. Since coaching with Clara, I’m on time, productive, more socially tuned in and collaborative. The day-to-day ups and downs are less steep, and I notice feelings I want to react to – but now I make more empowering, thoughtful choices. I’m finally feeling successful and happy where I am.”

Grady Carson: Common Core Teacher, USA

Fatima T: Program Manager, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 

 

 

“Working with Clara was truly life changing.  In 5 short months I went from feeling stuck and overwhelmed to becoming empowered, gaining clarity on what I wanted and most importantly feeling that it was possible. I moved from the US to a new country! Clara is an exceptional coach, I highly recommend her to anyone looking to live their dream.”

Fatima T:  Program Manager, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Olga S.: Senior QA Specialist, Silicon Valley, USA

 

 

 

“Everything on the outside looked good: happy family, financial stability, well paying job, good health but something was bothering me. By working with Clara, I gained a lot of confidence and learned to control internal negative voices. I improved relationships with family members, friends and coworkers. I improved the negative relationships with some people in my life. Clara has a gift of reading between the lines. She was able to create this safe environment where I could just open up and get to places in my soul that I was keeping under a big lock. She was able to push me and support me at the same time. Working with Clara helped me significantly improve the quality of my life!”

Olga S.: Senior QA Specialist, Silicon Valley, USA

Dr. Brenda Wade: Psychologist, Producer, plus regular on Dr Oz, Oprah, NBC; USA

“Clara Chorley’s gift is her ability to listen and hear on multiple levels, and then respond with strategic action. She is skilled at helping others sort through internal doubts or confusion. Her international professional and life experiences have given Clara the ability to hold calm during any storm. Clara is a healing, energizing light on this planet and time with her can absolutely transform your life.”

Dr. Brenda Wade: Psychologist, Producer, plus regular on Dr Oz, Oprah, NBC; USA

Irene Fehr: Founder of Ignited Woman, USA

“Clara is caring, direct and incredibly effective at getting you to dig deep to the core of the issues, so that you experience these monumental “aha” moments – which change your life forever.”

 Irene Fehr: Founder of Ignited Woman, USA

Christian Simpson: Leading Coach for Entrepreneurs; England

“Clara is blessed with a natural propensity for helping others connect to the perfection within them. Her power to help others comes from the fact that she did it for herself first, the most difficult work of all, the work of a true leader. I’ve observed Clara grow in consciousness for what is now a quarter of a century, demonstrated by her outstanding success with people and business across the world in very diverse cultures. When it comes to matters of personal and organizational growth, you should be very diligent as to in whom you trust to help light your way. I can only offer you my heartfelt assurances that Clara is an inspired choice.”

Christian Simpson: Leading Coach for Entrepreneurs; England

Sundar Mudupalli: Director, Samsung; USA.

“Disappointed, in fear, doubting myself and making the wrong impression on hiring managers, I hired Clara as my coach. I could not see that in my self doubt, I had forgotten who I was but Clara sensed the issues that were blocking me and named them. We worked on strategies; she helped me remember and identify my strengths and then assisted me in approaching the process of job transition from a place of empowerment – and me being me again! I was hired within 4months.”

Sundar Mudupalli: Director, Samsung; USA.

Katherine Presser: CFO, Beach Energy Limited; Australia.

“Clara helped me stop and get this ginormous monkey off my back. I was wound up like a clock and didn’t know where to start or how to fix it. At home I was worrying about work, and at work I was worrying about home. As a result of working with Clara, I’ve made a dramatic, and much needed, change to my professional life, and I’m closer to my family than I’ve been in years.”

Kathryn Presser: CFO, Beach Energy Limited; Australia.